(Big League Politics) – Pro-Trump political cartoonist Ben Garrison was banned from Instagram earlier today, as the platform claimed he posted hate speech and violated the platform’s terms.
Garrison discovered his ban when logging into the platform today. He was greeted with a notification seeming to suggest the cartoonist posted something the platform considers “hate speech,” however, it is unclear what may have been offensive about his post.
“We removed your post because it doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines on hate speech or symbols,” the notification read. “If you violate our guidelines again, your account may be restricted or disabled.”
When Garrison attempted to accept the notification and access his count, he received a second notification informing him “Your account has been disabled for violating our terms.”
Garrison took to Twitter, citing his ban as an example of tech censorship and bias.
“#WhosNext” wrote Garrison, “Anyone who disagrees with the #Democrat Narrative #censorship ramp up for #2020Elections” he asked rhetorically. Garrison also used the #StopTheBias hashtag popularized by President Donald J. Trump.
#WhosNext #Instagram? #StopTheBias against #Conservatives 🇺🇸#TrumpSupporters🇺🇸 #Libertarians🇺🇸 #Americans🇺🇸 #Christianity Anyone who disagrees with the #Democrat Narrative #censorship ramp up for #2020Elections pic.twitter.com/qWJ6URQIUU
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) April 16, 2019
Garrison joins a slew of conservatives who have been banned from the Facebook-owned platform.
British commentator and politician Tommy Robinson was banned last year during his legal hurdles, with former Proud Boys leader and VICE founder Gavin McInnes was banned two months later.
Last week, Canadian politician and journalist Faith Goldy gave an exclusive interview to Big League Politics after she was banned by Facebook and Instagram.